Silversmiths Directory & Sterling Marks

Alphabetical by Name

Williams to Wolcott

Williams & Victor

Lynchburg, VA 1813-1845
Partnership of Jehu Williams, Sr. and John Victor, ending upon the death of Victor in 1845.  Silversmiths, watch and clockmakers.

Jehu Williams (1788-1859)

Fredericksburg, VA c. 1807-1813 and Lynchburg, VA 1813-1859
Was in the partnerships of Williams & Victor 1813-1845 and
J. Williams & Son 1856-1859.

Daniel M. Williams

Winchester, TN c. 1860; Galveston, TX c. 1865-1869;
Calvert, TX c. 1870-1873; and Ft. Worth, TX c. 1877-1880
Silversmith and jeweler.

Deodat Williams (d. 1857)

Boston, MA 1811-1821
In the partnerships of Welles & Williams c. 1813 and James &
Williams c. 1816.  Worked in the soda shop business after 1821.

John Williams

Philadelphia, PA 1793 and c. 1818-1819; Alexandria, VA 1795-1796;
and Washington, DC c. 1809-1810

Roger Williams Silver Co.

Providence, RI 1901-1913
Taken over by Mount Vernon Co. Silversmiths in 1913.
See flatware patterns.

W.H. Williams

Hamilton, NY 1838-1844

William Alexander Williams

Alexandria, VA 1811-1834 and Washington, DC 1834-1846

Samuel Williamson (1772-1843)

Philadelphia, PA  1794-1813
In the partnership of Richards & Williamson with Samuel R.
Richards, Jr. 1797-1800.

Andrew Willis

Boston, MA c. 1840

Stillman Willis / S. Willis & Co.

Boston, MA 1810-1837
Was in the partnership of S. Willis & Co. with son William S. Willis 1829-1833.

William Stillman Willis (1808-1833)

Boston, MA  1830-1841
Worked with his father in the firm of S. Willis & Co. Silversmith and jeweler.

Wilmort Mfg. Co.

Chicago, IL  c. 1919-1930
Makers of sterling and silverplated silverware, crumb sweepers, and novelties.  The mark shown is from a silverplated item.

Samuel Wilmot, Sr. (1777-1846)

New Haven, CT 1798-1808; Georgetown, SC 1824-1835; and
Charleston, SC 1837-1846
Was in the firm of Wilmot & Stillman with Benjamin Stillman
1800-1808.

Samuel Wilmot, Jr. (b.c. 1795)

Charleston, SC 1837-c. 1841 and Savannah, GA c. 1850-1861
Partnered with Thomas T. Wilmot in the firm of S. & T.T. Wilmot
1837-1841.  Was in the partnership of Wilmot & Richmond with
Henry A. Richmond c. 1853-1861.

Thomas T. Wilmot (b. 1804)

Charleston, SC 1837-1841 and Savannah, GA 1843-c. 1850
Was in the partnership of S. & T. Wilmot with Samuel Wilmot 1837-1841.  Thomas Wilmot opened his own shop in Savannah, GA in 1843 and a second shop in Columbus, GA in 1844.  It is believed both shops closed in 1850.

Wilson & Klein

Vicksburg, MS 1837-1851 with a branch in Yazoo City, MS
Samuel H. Wilson & John Alexander Klein.

Edwin Franklin Wilson

Rochester, NY  1838-1850
The lower mark shown was when Wilson was an apprentice to Erastus Cook.

Hosea Wilson / Hosea Wilson & Co.

Baltimore, MD  c. 1812-1819
Was in the partnerships of Hosea Wilson & Co. 1814-1815 and
Wilson & Watt with John Watt, Jr. c. 1815.

R. & W. Wilson

Philadelphia, PA  c. 1825-1846
Robert and William Wilson.

Robert Wilson

New York, NY 1803-1810 and Philadelphia, PA 1812-1824

William Wilson & Son

Philadelphia, PA  1857 to c. 1909
Makers of sterling and silverplated novelties.  The “W in a Triangle” mark was registered as a trademark in 1883.

William Wilson (1755-1829)

Abington, MD  1781-1829
Was in the partnership of Wilson & Toy with Joseph Toy
1785-1790.

Christian Wiltberger (1766-1851)

Philadelphia, PA  1793-1819
Was in the partnership of Wiltberger & Alexander with
Samuel Alexander in 1797.

Edmund Wiltse

Farmville, VA  1826-1848
Silversmith and jeweler.  The mark shown is from a piece made by Gale & Hayden.

John Winckler (1730-1803)

Charleston, SC  1761-1763; Raleigh, NC c. 1771-1778; and
Mecklenburg County, VA 1778-1803
Silversmith and jeweler.  Mark also used by son below.

John Winckler, Jr. (1775-1865)

Mecklenburg County, VA  c. 1790-1854
Silversmith and jeweler.  Mark also used by father above.

Moses Wing

Windsor Locks, CT c. 1781-1803; Hartford, CT 1803-1805; and Worcester, MA 1805-1809
Silversmith and clockmaker.

Charles J. Wingate

Augusta, ME c. 1832 and Waterville, ME 1841-1856
Was in the partnership of Wingate & Talbot 1849-1850 and C.J. Wingate & Co. c. 1850-1856.

Henryk Winograd

New York  1970s-2008
Polish-born silversmith who emigrated to the U.S. in the early 1970s.  Worked primarily in repoussé.  Best known for his artistic silver plaques and Judaica.  Often worked with pure silver (marked 999).

Edward Winslow

Boston, MA  c. 1689-1750

Lewis Wise

Calabasas, CA  c. 1935-1976
Son-in-law of Porter Blanchard and brother-in-law of Allen Adler, Wise took over the Porter Blanchard Shop in 1973, selling it in 1976.

William M. Wise, Jr.

Brooklyn, NY  1834-1903
When Wise’s son Alfred was admitted to the firm in 1882, the name was changed to William Wise & Son.  William Wise died in 1903 and the business was sold to J. Ernest Stern in 1915.

Hugh Wishart

New York, NY  1793-1824

J. Wiss & Sons

Newark, NJ  1885-Present
Successor to the Jacob Wiss Cutlery Co., founded by Jacob Wiss in 1848.  Primarily a shears and cutlery manufacturer, some with sterling handles.  Jewelry and silverware made by other manufacturers was added to their line in the 1890s.  A retail store was opened in 1887 and continues today as Wiss & Lambert  Bros., jewelers.  J. Wiss & Sons was acquired by Cooper Industries in 1976, and the manufacturing operation was eventually moved overseas.  The “J” in the J. Wiss & Sons mark was no longer used beginning c. 1920, leaving the mark to read Wiss & Sons or Wiss Sons.

John Withers (1788-1869)

Salem, VA  1815-1869

Wolcott & Gelston

Boston, MA  1820-1827
A partnership between Henry D. Wolcott and Maltby Gelston.

Orlo J. Wolcott

Norfolk, CT c. 1840-1858 and Ripon, WI  1859-1883
Wolcott was in the partnership of Wolcott & Kingsbury with George O. Kingsbury c. 1875-1877.